Back to the Future Celebration

While fans were clamoring to get their hands on Pepsi Perfect and witnessing history being made with the first pair of power-lace shoes from Nike, the more hardcore Back to the Future fans were in California at the five-day 30th anniversary celebration We’re Going Back. With screenings, reenactments, location visits and more, this was the place to be.

But tickets were also expensive as hell, and if you’re like me, you just couldn’t afford to fly over to California to enjoy the festivities (though I did get to experience Back to the Future live in concert on October 21st). However, you can now kinda pretend that you attended We’re Going Back with some quick video recaps of the best stuff from each day of the Back to the Future celebration. Read More »


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Back to the Future Part II - Great Showdown

Yes, we’re aware that we’ve been going pretty crazy with all the Back to the Future coverage here at /Film, but that’s because we’re all such genuine fans of the entire film franchise from director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale. That made Back to the Future Day last week a lot of fun to experience, but there was so much going on that it was difficult to keep up with all the festivities, promotions and celebrations.

That’s why we rounded up another slew of stories to check out on Back to the Future Day this past Wednesday, and that’s why we’re delivering this final Back to the Future Bits round-up full of facts, news, goods and celebrations you might have missed in all the commotion that happened on October 21st, 2015.

The final installment of Back to the Future Bits includes these stories:

  • Huge sales for USA Today‘s Back to the Future Part II issue
  • Back to the Future was the highest grossing film in theaters on October 21st
  • An awesome Halloween costume with a hovering Marty McFly
  • Brick Forge has custom LEGO Back to the Future accessories that need to be Kickstarted
  • Some folks at Stanford created a self-driving, electric DeLorean
  • Tom Wilson talks about real bullies inspiring Biff Tannen
  • Check out some Back to the Future cafes open in Japan
  • A lost 1989 commercial for Mattel’s hoverboard
  • CommitStrip explains why Doc and Marty didn’t arrive in 2015
  • Experience Back to the Future Day on the Universal Pictures lot
  • How the DeLorean was saved by the legacy of Back to the Future
  • 11 secrets about the making of Back to the Future
  • How many people celebrated Back to the Future Day on Facebook?
  • Bob Gale reminisces about the making of Back to the Future
  • A remake of Back to the Future still isn’t in the cards
  • How Reagan-era economics impacted characters of Back to the Future

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Biff Tannen is Donald Trump

It’s two days after Back to the Future Day, and there was so much excitement that we’re still catching up on some of the cool stories and goodies that came out of the woodwork for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future as well as the iconic day in the future from Back to the Future Part II.

One such fun detail that came to the surface seems just as topical as the day in time itself as franchise writer Bob Gale revealed what many fans noticed upon revisiting Back to the Future Part II in our current political climate. The nightmarish alternate 1985 version of Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) was based on Donald Trump, long before he decided to run for President of the United States of America. Read More »

back to the future newspaper

UPDATE: If you weren’t able to pick up one of these commemorative USA Today issues at your local newsstand, gas station or wherever you buy newspapers, you can still get your hands on it. USA Today is selling the Back to the Future Part II edition of yesterday’s paper for $4.95 plus shipping and tax. Just head over to the newspaper’s online store and snag your copy now. Thanks to Collider for the heads up. Our original story from October 21st, 2015 follows.

We’re not sure if you know this, but we happen to be pretty big fans of Back to the Future here at /Film. Really. It’s okay if you didn’t pick up on that. So today is a special day, a day that will enthrall the initiated and make everyone else grow steadily numb until they quietly curse Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It is October 21, 2015, aka, the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future during the opening moments of Back to the Future Part II. But surely you already knew this. You’re on the internet, after all.

However, it’s not just the fans celebrating this 30-years-in-the-making day. USA Today is joining in the fun by recreating the futuristic front page that plays a key role in the film. What was once a prop, a cute little piece of product placement, is now something that you can actually own.

Check out the Back to the Future newspaper for yourself after the jump.

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While we were busy whining on Twitter about the sad lack of hoverboards and flying cars in the real 2015, Tinker Hatfield was hard at work making sure at least one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions came true. The shoe designer promised last year that self-tying Nike Mags would become a reality in 2015, and as of today — Back to the Future Day, in case you some how hadn’t heard — he’s made good on his word.

See Michael J. Fox with the very first pair of Back to the Future sneakers with self tying laces after the jump. Or, if your tastes run a little more retro, find out where you can get 1985 Nike Bruins like the ones Marty McFly sports before he upgrades to the Mags.

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: After the jump you can now watch Michael J. Fox try on Nike’s self-lacing sneakers for the first time, and then later in the day, demonstrate them on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Back to the Future Pepsi Perfect

Yesterday, one of the cool releases that Back to the Future fans were desperate to get their hands on (in addition to Mondo’s new vinyl set of the entire trilogy soundtrack and a bunch of other goodies) was a bottle of Pepsi Perfect. As announced earlier this month, Pepsi was releasing only 6,500 of the bottles for the entire continental United States. And some of those were given away at New York Comic-Con previously, so it was always going to be a mad rush to get them.

However, when the time came for fans to actually pick up a Pepsi perfect for $20.15 on Amazon (or $19.85 on, it was even more difficult to get than initially believed, causing quite the outrage on social media. But since Pepsi is a merciful soda pop overlord, they’re giving fans another chance to get one, and it sounds like it’s going to be much easier this time to get a Back to the Future Pepsi Perfect. Read More »

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BTTF Kimmel reunion

Jimmy Kimmel may have had the best Back to the Future Day of any of us. Because his, you see, ended with an actual visit from Marty McFly and Doc Brown. The pair dropped by the Brooklyn stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in their DeLorean last night, and Jimmy got to be the one to break all the bad news about 2015 to them: no, we don’t have flying cards, hoverboards, or peace in the Middle East, and Johnny Carson has long since passed away.

On the bright side, though, we do have smartphones, selfies, and cronuts. And real Nike Mag shoes with power laces, as demonstrated by one Michael J. Fox (“Teen Wolf!” Marty exclaims excitedly). See the Back to the Future Jimmy Kimmel show after the jump.  Read More »

Eric Stoltz Back to the Future footage

Sick of Back to the Future yet? I hope not, but Back to the Future Day, which celebrated the date Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveled 30 years into the future at the end of the first film, is now over. It’s a well known fact it was originally going to be Eric Stoltz (Mask) going on adventures with Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), but the actor was recast four weeks into the shoot. After all these years, we might finally see his performance. Learn more after the jump.

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Back to the Future Honest Trailer

The celebration that was Back to the Future Day has come and gone, and after all the love and nostalgia that came out for the time traveling franchise yesterday, it’s only fair to follow it up with some lighthearted jabs by way of an Honest Trailer for the entire trilogy.

The first Back to the Future is a perfect movie, so Honest Trailers doesn’t really have much to nitpick on the filmmaking side of things. Instead, they turn their focus on how the sequels are just a repeat of the same formula and point out some of the uncomfortable racism that exists in the past, not to mention the incestuous plot point between Marty McFly and his mom. Read More »